today, the republican who was behind the background check bill, he said people voted against it because they did not want to be seen as helping the president. this congress -- these republicans, erin, are provably and historically obstructionist. they just are. and i'm sorry, whatever maury and dowd wrote, we don't live in an erin sorkin liberal fantasy where sorkin gets to write everybody's lines, including the republicans. >> is there a point here, though? because i'm starting to wonder, look, you can blame him or not blame him, it kind of doesn't matter, but to dean's point, if he can't get anything done, what is the point of second term? >> well, first of all, there is a lot that he has gotten done. and i think will still get done. and -- but there's one thing he cannot fundamentally change, and that is that the very most important job for every member of congress, as they see it, is to get themselves re-elected.